Saturday, October 8, 2011

Two plead to killing endangered wolves

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Mexican gray wolf at Sevilleta, N.M.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo.
Friday, 07 Oct 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico man have pleaded guilty in federal court to killing Mexican gray wolves.
The office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Thursday that 60-year-old Jack Bruton, of Magdalena, N.M., and 57-year-old Ron Rains, of Reserve, N.M., entered guilty pleas to federal misdemeanors in two separate cases.
Prosecutors said Bruton shot and killed a wolf in April 2010 after misidentifying the wolf as a coyote and then removed the GPS collar worn by the wolf. Bruton was ordered to pay a $250 fine and $4,095 in restitution, including $2,095 to cover the value of the destroyed GPS devise.
Rains was ordered to pay a $250 fine and $1,000 in restitution after shooting a wolf in December 2010 after misidentifying it as a coyote.

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